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For the first time, scientists have found a link between tooth fillings and mercury exposure, which can lead to severe illnesses.


A study shows having more than eight fillings could raise blood mercury levels two-and-a-half times – increasing the risk of brain, heart and kidney disease. They are made of a mixture of metals which also include silver and tin.
Researcher Dr. Lei Yin, of Georgia University, said: “Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases.
Fillings are put together using mercury, silver, tin and copper to form a liquid called dental amalgam which then hardens.

But the heavy metal is known to be toxic at high levels causing brain, heart, kidney, lung and immune system damage.The latest research suggests methyl mercury could cause damage even at low levels.
People with numerous dental fillings who are also exposed to mercury from other sources – such as seafood or work environments – are most at risk.Individuals with more than eight fillings had about 150 percent more mercury in their blood than those with none.

According to its website the US Food and Drug Administration considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults.But it says: “Pregnant women and parents with children under six who are concerned about the absence of clinical data as to long-term health outcomes should talk to their dentist.”

Dr. Yin said: “It’s important for doctors and patients to be informed in their selections.”We now have an excellent starting point to evaluate the potential risk of dental material on human health.

Source: mirror.co.uk

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For the first time, scientists have found a link between tooth fillings and mercury exposure, which can lead to severe illnesses. A study shows having more than eight fillings could raise blood mercury levels two-and-a-half times – increasing the risk of brain, heart and kidney disease. They are made of a...